Sunday, April 29, 2012

A Day In Nashville

On Wednesday of this past week, I went to Nashville, TN with Maggie, who is in the fifth grade, for a field trip. The kids who didn't get to go on the Washington D.C. trip had the opportunity to go on this field trip, so we went.  I haven't been on a fun field trip like this one so I wanted to spend the day with my girl and her friends.

We left the school at 5:45 IN THE MORNING and headed for Nashville.  It only took us 4 hours to get there, which I thought was pretty good.  First we went to The Hermitage, which is Andrew Jackson's home.  He was the 7th president and his wife's name was Rachel.  She died before he was elected president.  Her sister and brother in law had a whole slew of kids and they had a set of twins.  The sister and brother in law thought it would be a good idea to give Rachel and Andrew one of them so they adopted a son and named him Andrew Jackson, Jr.

Then it was off to eat lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe in downtown Nashville.  It was a great lunch. They serve us lunch and a cookie for dessert.  The staff at the Hard Rock were so accommodating for such a large group (3 charter buses full), I mean of course they knew we were coming and they were well prepared!  Thanks and kudos for putting up with so many kids at one time!

On the way to our next stop, while driving through downtown, our tour guide told us about a few points of interest and showed us where Taylor Swift lives.  All of the kids were excited and squealing.

Next was the Parthenon!  It was so cool!  We did the tour of the museum and then walk around outside and learned a little history about the Greek gods, etc.  Not much there to see, so we sat under the shade of a big tree and enjoyed the nice weather.

Our last stop was the Adventure Science Center.  There was lots of cool stuff for the kids to run around and play with/on.  They had a blast and it was a great way to end our fun filled day!

We loaded up the bus around 4 and headed back home, and I was very excited.

While on this trip with 5th graders, I learned a few things:
  • They are very obnoxious.
  • They are loud.
  • Some of them stink of body odor. They are 10 and 11 years old, it's time to wear deodorant.
  • NEVER EVER EVER sit in the back of the bus where the restroom is because you will inevitably get stuck on the bus with the "farter" of the class.  Mitchell really polluted the bus BEFORE he even came out of the bathroom!  There was a kid sitting in front of me saying "doo doo pee pee doo doo pee pee" and he kept on and finally I leaned and asked him how old he was and he said 11 and said well quit acting like you are in kindergarten.  I guess he was acting his age after all.  
  • Some of the girls are way more "mature" than my sweet Maggie. Some of those girls could have passed for 8th graders.  WOW!  
Although I enjoyed going on the field trip with Maggie and she was an angel and her friends are so silly and I really enjoyed seeing her interact with her friends, I will think twice about going spending another long day with a bunch of 5th graders!

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  1. I teach a mythology class for homeschooled high schoolers and I so want to take a field trip to the Parthenon! But,I haven't been able to put it all together yet.

    I have a 5th grader as well - and they are on that cusp - sometimes she is so immature - and other times I just want her to slow down. And remember to wear deodorant!

  2. LOL! Yes, the kids start to stink around that age for sure! Tanner is finishing up sixth grade and he might as well be a teenager. :)
    I'm glad you had a good time with your sweet girl!!

  3. oh are a saint for going with her! and for putting up with all that! I need to refer back to this post if the boys ever want me to travel a long distance with their class at any time in the future.

  4. Oh I rememember those days. I've been on a many a field trips with our daughter. About the 6th grade is when they reeeeally don't want you to go with them. But I'm glad I went, lots of good memories - the good and the bad!

    I saw your comment on the pin , How to blog like a pro, so came over to "check it out". I do blog,, hope you'll come take a look.

    Elizabeth Ann


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